False Semblants on France 2: what is the detective TV movie with Thierry Godard and Noémie Schmidt worth?

France 2 is broadcasting this evening a new unpublished unit in which a young recruit of the criminal brigade brings out a former police captain from his retirement, after a serious accident which left him paraplegic, to solve a sordid murder.

What is it about ?

The young Captain Valentine Ventura, from the financial police, joins the criminal brigade alongside the very famous Captain Antoine Thomas. He returned from sick leave following a terrible car accident in which he lost the use of his legs. It is therefore in a wheelchair that Antoine Thomas resumes his work. The two police officers are investigating the murder of a young journalist from Nantes. A man will very quickly be suspected. Several elements would even tend to suggest that they have finally got their hands on a serial killer who is rampant in the region. But is this suspect really the wanted murderer?

Friday November 20 at 9:05 p.m. on France 2

Who is it with?

Realized by Akim Isker (who notably worked on the Cherif series), this unitary policeman puts the honor of Thierry Godard, unforgettable Gilou d’Engrenages who we find in a new role of damaged cop. At his side, the rising actress Noémie Schmidt, who was already investigating a series of murders within a psychiatric institute in Inside on France 2, or Marc Ruchmann, revealed in the Plan Coeur series in 2019.

Well worth a look ?

Shot in Nantes in a cold and humid atmosphere, Faux Semblants is a unitary policeman who does not bother with great effects or incredible intrigues. The simplicity of his investigation is served by an efficient and controlled execution, making it possible to immediately become attached to this duo of investigators as different as they are complementary.

Thierry Godard plays Antoine, a cop broken by life, rendered paraplegic following a car accident which claimed the life of his wife and from which he has never recovered. Used to police roles that suit him like a glove, the actor here brings a lot of restraint and sensitivity to this difficult role. In front of him, Valentine Ventura, a young police captain who juggles between her new responsibilities and the education of her ten-year-old daughter, will bring a new suffering in her life, and lift the veil on an investigation with much deeper ramifications. let the murder of the journalist suggest. In this role, Noémie Schmidt is naturally confusing and brings a lot of humanity and spontaneity to this young brigade captain.

With a well-conducted plot despite a fairly classic investigation, and a seamless score casting as if this Nantes brigade had always existed, we quickly became attached to this team and this endearing duo. Detective fiction is legion on France Télévisions, and the challenge of constantly renewing it so as not to tire fans of the genre is considerable. Apart from a final plot twist well brought and rather unexpected, it is above all the strength of its two main performers and the mastery of its realization that make False pretenses a very respectable unitary, leaving room for emotion when necessary.

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